The Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE) is a global program, social network and grassroots social justice movement led by Muslim women.

Daisy Khan's Newly Released Memoir

Born With Wings: The Spiritual Journey of a Modern Muslim Woman

Raised in a progressive Muslim family in the shadows of the Himalayan mountains, where she attended a Catholic girls’ school, Daisy experienced culture shock when her family sent her to the States to attend high school in a mostly Jewish Long Island suburb. Ambitious and talented, she quickly climbed the corporate ladder after college as an architectural designer in New York City. Though she loved the freedom that came with being a career woman, she felt that something was missing from her life. One day a friend suggested that she visit a Sufi mosque in Tribeca. To her surprise, she discovered a home there, eventually marrying the mosque’s imam, Feisal Abdul Rauf, and finding herself, as his wife, at the center of a community in which women turned to her for advice. Guided by her faith, she embraced her role as a women’s advocate and has devised innovative ways to help end child marriage, fight against genital mutilation, and, most recently, educate young Muslims to resist the false promises of ISIS recruiters.

Born with Wings is a powerful, moving, and eye-opening account of Daisy Khan’s inspiring journey—of her self-actualization and her success in opening doors for other Muslim women and building bridges between cultures. It powerfully demonstrates what one woman can do—with faith, love, and resilience.

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WISE UP: KNOWLEDGE ENDS EXTREMISM

A Multi-faceted Campaign to Prevent the Spread of Extremist Ideology and Hate Crimes in America

On October 26th, 2017, we launched our most ambitious project, WISEUP: Knowledge Ends Extremism in  Washington, D.C.

The 375-page research and evidence-based WISE Up report is authored by 72 noted scholars, faith leaders, and public servants. In this resource, Muslim, Christian, Jewish, other faith, and civic experts have provided their expertise on practical ways to counter extremism, hate crimes, Islamophobia, and terrorism committed in the name of Islam by groups like ISIS.

The WISEUP summit brought together over 350 attendees from a broad spectrum of fields, ranging from law enforcement to nonprofit organizations, an unprecedented gathering.

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WISE Positions

Domestic Violence

WISE Up About Domestic Violence: A Violation of Islam

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Terrorism

WISE UP About Violent Extremism: A Violation of Islam

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Adoption

WISE Up About Adoption and the Care of Orphan Children

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Female Genital Cutting (FGC)

WISE Up About Female Genital Cutting (FGC): Harmful and Un-Islamic

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Our Issues

Gender Equality and Agency

The Qur'an defines gender equality as an intrinsic part of the Islamic faith

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Reproductive Rights

Muslim Women in the U.S. face some unique challenges in obtaining quality health care because of cultural and religious beliefs

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Religious Leadership

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2005. Muslim women workers pray during a rally to celebrate Labor Day

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Civil and Political Participation

The Qur'an exemplifies women's leadership by praising the inteligence, politics and acumen of Queen of Sheba

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Our change theory

Change Through Education

To provide research and evidence-based knowledge kits to increase the effectiveness of Muslim advocacy efforts. Projects such as WISE Up, use faith-based arguments to educate and enable women leaders to address human rights & societal issues.

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Change Through Collaboration

To foster a culture of support amongst women in a collective pursuit of social change. WISE’s global convenings & local forums unite diverse Muslim women & women of other faiths to promote solidarity, women’s empowerment, knowledge-sharing & more to help women realize their potential.

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Change Through Communication

To amplify the voices of Muslim women at all levels of political, economic, religious, and social discourse. WISE’s online platform showcases the positive contributions of Muslim women around the world

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Change Through Action

To facilitate action at the grassroots level. WISE’s global network of grassroots women uses a multi-pronged and culturally sensitive approach to incubate new and innovative projects, by training, mentoring, convening activists, and more

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100 EXTRAORDINARY MUSLIM WOMEN

Follow WISE’s journey to discover 100 extraordinary Muslim women! Annually, WISE highlights the achievements of inspiring Muslim women who have shaped our societies in the past and those who are currently playing a pivotal role in transforming the lives of Muslim women.

Meet the WISE women

IN NOVEMBER 2006, WISE WAS LAUNCHED AT A HISTORIC CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK CITY.

As these 150 leading Muslim women scholars, activists, artists and religious and civil society leaders – representing 25+ countries – joined together to develop a holistic and comprehensive vision for improving the position of Muslim women around the globe, WISE was born.

100 Imams Trained
15,000+ Booklets Produced on Domestic Violence Awareness
6000 Participants in Female Genital Mutilation Avoidance Program
25+ Countries Strong
3 Global Conferences
1000+ WISE Women Profiles
20+ Research Profiles on Issues Impacting Women

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Muslim women in the news

Noor Wazwaz | NPR | 2017.23.4

“Mona Haydar is a Syrian-American artist from Flint, Mich. She wears a hijab with pride. She's been a performance poet for 13 years, writing about love, trauma, loss and joy. Earlier this month, she did something different. She released her first rap song, "Hijabi," along with an accompanying video. In just a few days, the music video went viral, with more than 1 million views on Facebook. Produced by Tunde Olaniran, it's reminiscent of Beyoncé's Lemonade visual album. It has a diverse female cast, vibrant modern choreography and camera work that creates intimacy with the viewer...”

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Jessica Roy | Los Angeles Times | 2012.4.8

"Rabia Chaudry is a woman on a mission. She’s the one who approached “This American Life” producer Sarah Koenig about Adnan Syed, who was sentenced to life in prison for a murder he says he didn’t commit. That story turned into “Serial,” the podcast mega-hit that debuted in 2014. The first season, which took an intense look at Syed’s case, has been downloaded more than 80 million times. Chaudry is a longtime friend of the Syed family who is convinced of Adnan’s innocence. After "Serial" ended, Rabia Chaudry co-hosted her own podcast, “Undisclosed.” Now we have her new book..."

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Sima Shakeri | Vogue | 2017.6.6

“The future of fashion is gloriously diverse. Minnesota-based model Halima Aden is making history as the first ever hijab-wearing model on the cover of an edition of Vogue. She is gracing the front of the June issue of Vogue Arabia. ‘All eyes on Halima Aden: The runway star shattering stereotypes,’ the cover reads. The 19-year-old Somali-American first emerged in the public eye as a competitor in the 2016 Miss Minnesota pageant, where she wore a hijab throughout and donned a burkini for the swimsuit segment. Though she didn’t win, it helped shoot her to fame...”

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